Our Mission

Provide and advocate for quality childcare that enriches and nurtures all children, supporting their success in school and in life.

About

At Kids Co. we create safe spaces that inspire wonder, curiosity, and play. We've been serving families since 1989 so we must be doing something really right! Starting with one center in Ballard, we now have 14 throughout Seattle and Mercer Island. And why do our families love us?

  • 14 Convenient Locations
  • Great Staff
  • High Quality, Licensed Programs
  • Lots of Scheduling Options
  • All Families Are Welcome
  • Worry Free Work Days
  • Peace of Mind
  • Fun for the Kids

Administrative Staff


Susan Brown, President and CEO, Board Member Ex-Officio

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Susan Brown

Like many other working women I wear lots of hats…I'm mom to two incredible kids (now young adults), Kelby and Midori, I'm wife to the love of my life, Jim, and I have the incredible honor of being Kids Co.'s founder and CEO. And, I'm a Husky. Beyond the hats that I wear, what I believe is most important that you know about me is that I am blessed beyond comprehension that I get to do the work that I love. Child care is my passion and Kids Co. is the result of decades of hard work, tenacity, and love.

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Carol Akello, Accountant

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Carol Akello

I am originally from Uganda and I have lived in the United States for the past 9 years. Washington State is a great place to be and it has become my second home. I enjoy working with children and love being a Mum. Kids Co is a great place to work and I'm part of a great team.

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Amanda Bakke, Annual Fund and Marketing Manager

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Amanda Bakke

One of my many passions in life is to connect great people with other great people. My position at Kids Co. allows me to do just that! I'm constantly reaching out to our community to tell them the Kids Co. story and the many reasons why quality child care is so important. As a mom of two, I know first-hand that it's crazy-hard to balance a full-time job without such care.

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Mike Bonnell, Director of Finance and Operations

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Mike Bonnell

As Director of Finance & Operations I'm involved in a myriad of activities that stretch across all Kids Co. functions and locations. From this vantage point I see the profound, positive impact that Kids Co. has on our future generations and it affects me like no other job I've ever held before. The best days at work are the ones where I'm at one of our child care centers. That's where I see all of Kids Co.'s amazing work firsthand. The joy emanating from the children's faces as they play, learn, and develop, is beyond comparison.

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Doug Chidgey

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Doug Chidgey

Born in Seattle and raised on Queen Anne Hill, I’m the middle child of seven children. Our backyard and community center down the street was the “social network” where I grew up. I had fun, safe places to play and really believe that’s still important today.
I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in youth development. Today the passion I have is to work with the staff who provide quality care and that fun, safe place to play.

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Cathy Crowe, Family Account Manager

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Cathy Crowe

Before joining the Kids Co. team in 2007, I worked for 17 years' in the child care field. That experience set the stage for my career at Kids Co. My responsibilities here lie within the finance team where I manage Billing and Center Accounts, along with other duties as they surface. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love all sports, but football is my favorite. I've been a diehard Seahawks from the beginning.

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Marjean McCraw, Director of Programs

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Marjean McCraw

My first day with the Kids Co. team was on my birthday. I consider myself lucky to share what we call my Kids-Co-Birth-Aversary with what I care deeply about; the success of all kids and my community. I am grateful to be a part of an organization that truly cares about, and provides access to quality care for kids and their families. After graduating from Western Washington University (Go Vikings!), I made a goal to commit myself to work that gives me purpose. I have been lucky to have found that working for kids and families for over 25 years. Times flies when you love your work!

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Julia Robinson, Human Resources Manager

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Julia Robinson

I'm happy and honored to run Kids Co.'s Human Resources department. I love HR, especially within the nonprofit sector, so I couldn't have asked for a better job. Each day I feel privileged to be a part of Kids Co. family – a team of fascinating people who are dedicated to make this world a better place. My door is always open for questions, suggestions, ideas, or a friendly chat!

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Jake Zweschi, Administrative Assistant

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Jake Zweschi

I was born and raised in Chicago but am now happy to call Seattle home. Although Father Time keeps nipping at my heels, I still consider myself to be a kid at heart, and my wife would surely be happy to confirm this! The laughter and smiles of the kids, the appreciation and gratitude of the parents, and the compassion and kindness of my coworkers is what makes Kids Co. a special place. When not working you can find me drinking coffee, playing scrabble, and relaxing with my wife and our two silly cats!

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